Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors Save Lives


Every year thousands of people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 2,100 people succumb to this type of poisoning, and it’s listed as the number one cause of poisoning fatalities in the United States. As scary as these statistics are, the good news is that carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. Installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home is the best way to avoid becoming ill and putting your life in danger.

My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero offers professional carbon monoxide installation as well as smoke detector installation, repair, and replacement. Acting now can save lives! If you don’t have a working smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, give us a call for licensed electrical installation services today!

Do You Know the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The primary reason that so many people succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning is because they can’t use their sense to detect its presence in the home.  This poison is tasteless and odorless, but very deadly. Usually, the only indication that it is present in the home is when people develop one or more of the following physical symptoms:

  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain

Often, the early signs of carbon monoxide poising mimic flu-like symptoms minus any fever.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

Depending on the levels of carbon monoxide in the home, a person can die within minutes to hours. Often, the physical symptoms don’t present in time, which is why many deaths occur during sleep. A carbon monoxide detector can alert you to heightened levels so that you can leave your home before sickness or death occurs.

Don’t be fooled into believing that your home isn’t at risk. Carbon monoxide is present in household appliances like gas stoves, water heaters, gas and wood fireplaces as well as from car exhaust and even clogged chimneys. It’s possible that you could be breathing toxic air right now.

Installing a carbon monoxide detector is the number one way to prevent sickness or death. These devices plug into the outlets in your home and do not require special hardwiring. However, there are other ways you can avoid CO poisoning, too. Here are some steps you can take right now to protect you and your family.

  • Install CO detectors on each level of the home, preferably one outside each bedroom.
  • Change the batteries once every 6 months just like your smoke detector.
  • Have gas appliances checked once a year.
  • Only buy gas appliances that have the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) or American Gas Association (AGA) seals.
  • Do not use chemical heaters indoors.
  • Never use a gas grill indoors.
  • Always have broken gas appliances serviced right away.
  • Never run a generator indoors. Follow the instructions on how to use this equipment safely.
  • Never heat your home by leaving the stove door open.

If you can’t afford to purchase a CO detector, call the fire department. There are programs available to help everyone get the protection they need. This includes homeowners as well as renters.

Smoke Detectors

Although smoke detectors are required by most state and local laws in the United States, the U.S. Fire Association (USFA) reports approximately 15,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths from house fires every year. There are many reasons why these deaths and injuries occur, but a contributing factor to many instances is the lack of smoke detectors or detectors that do not work properly.

The laws require that smoke detectors be placed in or near every bedroom, in hallways, stairwells, and, in some cases, garages and basements. While older homes may have smoke detectors that work independently of each other, newer constructed homes must interconnect smoke detectors and include a battery backup. Because of new requirements, it’s recommended that homeowners have their smoke detectors replaced every ten years to ensure safety and reliability.

Do your home’s smoke detectors meet today’s standards? Call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero for a home safety inspection service!

Know Your Smoke Detectors

There are two types of smoke detectors available for residential customers. Each pass UL certification and are very effective. However, how they detect smoke is different. Keep reading to determine which smoke detector works best for you.

Ionization

  • Operates on a continuous current. When the current is interrupted, the alarm will sound.
  • Cannot recognize the difference between smoke and steam.
  • Prone to false alarms when placed near bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Less expensive
  • Responds quickly to flaming fires
  • Built-in alert when batteries begin to fail

Photoelectric

  • Responds to light reduction. As smoke enters the unit, light becomes scattered, signaling the alarm.
  • Fast response time to smoldering fires.
  • Send out fewer false alarms.
  • Does not have a built-in alert for low batteries.

No matter what kind of smoke detector you install, we recommend that you change the batteries every 12 months (although six months is even more ideal). To make it easy for you to remember, choose a date that is already special to you such as a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.

Fire Safety Protection Tips

  • Test your smoke detector regularly. Aim for twice a year. Find the test button and follow the instructions that come with your detector.
  • Always have one detector on each level of your home.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are installed in the center of the ceiling and always away from windows, doors, and drafty areas.
  • Vacuum the detector once a year to get rid of dust buildup.
  • Do you have a smoke detector? If not, get one. Keep it centrally located and out of the way of small children.
  • Create a fire safety plan with your family.
  • Never go back into a burning building.

If you can’t afford smoke detector installation or repair, contact your local fire department for existence. Like carbon monoxide detectors, fire departments have programs to help low-income families with smoke detector installation.

Stay safe and protect your property! Call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero for high-quality smoke detector and carbon monoxide installation in Diamond Bar. Need emergency services? Our licensed 24-hour emergency electricians are ready to help morning, noon, or night!

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